Welcome to ESOL at GCC
GCC’s ESOL program provides a broad range of courses at all levels in reading, writing and speaking the English language in order to give students the skills necessary to succeed in college, the workplace, and daily life. Content themes in courses range from geography, history, culture, and nature to social issues, current events, and employment skills.
Each language course offers two special practice sessions each week, at no extra charge, where students receive help with their homework and additional language activities. Special attention is given to individual learning needs. New students may meet with a volunteer conversation partner once a week to practice English and learn about American life.
Services for ESOL students include free tutoring and other academic support and financial aid for students who qualify.
ESOL classes at GCC are small and characterized by close faculty interaction and individual attention, and cover the English language skills necessary to succeed in college courses, the workplace, and daily life. These skills include:
- Reading comprehension
Students also learn study skills such as word processing, library use, and research methods. Download our Student Learning Outcomes for more information about the ESOL curriculum.
Greenfield Community College’s ESOL classes are offered at advanced beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Students in our ESOL classes have two special practice sessions each week and access to college-level tutoring and other academic support. Our classes offer:
- Flexible scheduling – 2, 3, or 5 days a week
- Four levels of credit courses
- Personalized instruction
- Experienced, qualified teachers
- Test-taking skills
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) preparation
- Language and computer laboratories
- Use of College library and video collections
- International Student Club
- Career counseling
Sample ESL classes
Classes are not available each term. Please search our online course schedule for current and upcoming classes.
Subject code Course code Course name Credits Type Course description Pre-reqs Days ESL 118 Advanced ESOL Grammar 3 credits Advanced topics in English grammar for bilingual students. Topics include verb tenses for narration; adjectives and prepositional phrases for description; active and passive voice; agreement and sentence combining; sentence transitions; time expressions; articles; and vocabulary. Students contrast U.S. styles of writing and class participation with writing and class participation styles in other countries. Prereq: ESL 104, or ESL 108, or permission of instructor T R ESL 107 American English Grammar in Context 3 credits The study of intermediate-level grammar patterns in English, with focus on verb tenses and on parts of speech. This course emphasizes recognition and understanding of grammar patterns in reading and speech, and the development of grammar skills in writing. Laboratory is required. Prereq: ESL 106 or placement by examination T R ESL 108 American English Grammar in Use 3 credits Continued study of English verb tenses and parts of speech. The course includes practice of other complex patterns needed for college coursework in English as well as a review of articles and advanced sentence structure. Students will learn accurate and appropriate use of grammar patterns in writing. Laboratory is required. Prereq: ESL 107 or placement by examination T R ESL 119 English at Work 3 credits Introduces English language and cultural patterns to students who are working or seeking work in the American workplace. Topics include basic English vocabulary for employment, basic mathematical operations in English, interacting with co-workers and supervisors, using electronic communications, resume writing, labor laws in the U.S. and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and cultural expectations on the job. Prereq: For students whose native language is not English. Intermediate level of English proficiency determined by ESOL placement examination. Contact ESOL Program Coordinator. Recomm: Concurrent enrollment in ESL 110 or CIS 110 or basic proficiency in computer skills. M W F ESL 106 English Grammar-Advanced Beginners 3 credits Focuses on the systematic study of basic English grammar patterns through reading, writing, listening, and discussion. Individualized programs are provided as needed. Laboratory is required. Prereq: Placement by examination T R ESL 109 Intermediate Grammar Review 2 credits An intensive grammar workshop for students who have completed ESL 107 or other intermediate ESL grammar courses. Students practice and master what they have learned about basic English verb tenses, question patterns, and subject-verb agreement. Students review grammar through listening, speaking, pronunciation, reading, writing, group work, and discussion. Prereq: ESL 107 or permission of instructor S ESL 124 Reading and Vocabulary-High Intermediate 3 credits An intensive study of reading processes, college-level material including literature, and many kinds of college tests. Students learn techniques for independent vocabulary acquisition and effective writing about reading material in book reports and other writing assignments. Laboratory is required. Prereq: ESL 123 or placement by examination M W ESL 123 Reading and Vocabulary-Intermediate Level 3 credits Focuses on reading comprehension, vocabulary development, book reports, note-taking and test-taking strategies for intermediate-level ESL students. Students read fiction, non-fiction, newspapers, and a wide range of subjects to provide a foundation for success in college and the workplace. Laboratory is required. Prereq: ESL 122 or placement by examination M W ESL 113 Spoken English-Intermediate Level 3 credits Emphasizes development of vocabulary, pronunciation, listening and speaking skills through group discussions, role plays, oral presentations, and interactive tasks. Content units reflect student interest in social and global issues and in situations from everyday life. Laboratory is required. Prereq: ESL 112 or placement by examination M ESL 104 Written English-Advanced Level 3 credits Emphasizes advanced writing skills in preparation for beginning-level college courses, such as research paper, reading and writing responses, essays, compositions, and grammar of advanced sentence structure. Writing and computer laboratories are required. Prereq: ESL 103 or placement by examination T R ESL 103 Written English-Intermediate Level 3 credits Develops students’ writing skills for academic and professional use, such as patterns of organizing paragraphs and compositions, basic business letters, exercises in sentence structure and other composition skills. Writing and computer laboratories are required. Prereq: ESL 102 or placement by examination T R
Who can apply for financial aid?
Students who are citizens (for example, from Puerto Rico) or who are eligible non-citizens (for example, permanent residents) may apply for federal financial aid if they have a high school diploma or a GED, or if they have passed a federal Ability-to-Benefit test. Federal financial aid is available to qualified students for both ESOL and other college courses at GCC. International students with visas (for example, a student visa or F-1) are not eligible for federally funded financial aid.
If you do not require financial aid and are not planning to earn college credit, you may simply complete an registration form in order to enroll in ESOL classes. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information about beginning your study at GCC.
Links and resources for ESOL students
- About GCC
- Paying for college
- Student services
- Credit-free workshops